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Sylvester Antolak-Nettuno, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 41° 27.876 E 012° 39.546
33T E 304508 N 4592979
Quick Description: World War II Medal of Honor Recipient for action near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy on May 24 1944. He was KIA. He is buried in Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Lazio, Italy in Plot C, Row 12, Grave 13.
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 8/25/2019 3:16:32 PM
Waymark Code: WM116MM
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Long Description:
He was born on September 10, 1916 in Saint Clairsville, OH and he was killed in action on May 24, 1944. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: SYLVESTER ANTOLAK
Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company B
Division: 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division
Born: St. Clairsville, Ohio
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: St. Clairsville, Ohio
G.O. Number: 89
Date of Issue: 10/19/1945
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy, 24 May 1944

Near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy, he charged 200 yards over flat, coverless terrain to destroy an enemy machinegun nest during the second day of the offensive which broke through the German cordon of steel around the Anzio beachhead. Fully 30 yards in advance of his squad, he ran into withering enemy machinegun, machine-pistol and rifle fire. Three times he was struck by bullets and knocked to the ground, but each time he struggled to his feet to continue his relentless advance. With one shoulder deeply gashed and his right arm shattered, he continued to rush directly into the enemy fire concentration with his submachinegun wedged under his uninjured arm until within 15 yards of the enemy strong point, where he opened fire at deadly close range, killing 2 Germans and forcing the remaining 10 to surrender. He reorganized his men and, refusing to seek medical attention so badly needed, chose to lead the way toward another strong point 100 yards distant. Utterly disregarding the hail of bullets concentrated upon him, he had stormed ahead nearly three-fourths of the space between strong points when he was instantly killed by hostile enemy fire. Inspired by his example, his squad went on to overwhelm the enemy troops. By his supreme sacrifice, superb fighting courage, and heroic devotion to the attack, Sgt. Antolak was directly responsible for eliminating 20 Germans, capturing an enemy machinegun, and clearing the path for
his company to advance.

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